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The Question of Red

African women were the first to ever wear lipstick, including in the color red. Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, was known for her scarlet lips. Servants crushed beetles and ants to get the perfect shade of scarlet for the queen. Talk about custom-made.

In the 1950’s starlets Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor boosted the appeal of red lips among American women.

The secret to wearing red lipstick lies in finding a perfect tone to complement your complexion. With darker skin complexion especially, wearing the right shade is key. Dramatic, yet classic blue-based hues favor dark skin with cool undertones while orange toned red or a deep warm-based red-wine will look stunning on dark skin with warm undertones. To find the right red lipstick, experiment with different shades. The wonderful thing about red lipstick is that there are several shades of red to compliment all skin tones. Here are a few of our favorite picks:

Affordable red lipsticks

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These all ship to Africa. Click one to ship!
Sleek Cosmetics Stiletto, $6.49
Cherry Culture, Milani Best Red, $5.49
Cherry Culture, Nyx Round lipstick Chaos, $3
Cherry Culture, Milani Red Label, $5.49
Cherry Culture, Milani High Voltage, $5.49
Sleek Cosmetics Russian Roulette, $6.49

 

Celebrities in red lipstick

Red lipstick denotes sophistication, glamour and sex appeal. Like the little black dress, red lipstick has transcended time to become classic make-up. At the same time red lipstick has evolved into trendy colors that cater to women of all skin tones and ages. So forget what you’ve heard or read. Yes, you can wear red lipstick anytime for day and night. These beautiful black women have proved it.

PRO TIP : Always go light with eye makeup and blush.  Otherwise you’ll risk looking like a clown. Not cool.